Friends President Will Vuyk led a group of 12 students and adults on a "Poetry in the Preserve" walk October 23 for the 4th Sunday Bird and Nature Adventure at Picnic Point. The sun-warmed fall day, wind-cleared blue skies, pulsing waves on the lake and spectacular fall colors provided a beautiful and inspirational backdrop as participants took turns along the trail reading favorite nature poems from Friends Poetry Nights and composed several new haikus.
Afterward Will and others shared thoughts around a campfire circle about how poetry encourages us to look at nature in new and interesting ways and triggers empathy and curiosity that inspire us to look deeper which interestingly puts poetry hand in hand with doing good emperical science. Like falling leaves we each fluttered away leaving behind fresh new buds of ideas ready to bloom.
Report and photos by Paul Noeldner. Haikus from our insightful attendees!